**Editor's Note: Martinez's response to posted comments is below as an addendum to this post.**
CARACAS – As untimely and distressing as Mr. Bush's remarks about taking war to Iran may sound to a significant part of the American public, everyone down here knows Bush's words are heavenly music to Mr. Chávez ears.
There is widespread conviction among most Venezuelans - including many of President Hugo Chávez's followers - that the threat of U.S. military intervention in Venezuela is nothing but a Chavez ruse to justify the growing militarization of our country and to discredit political dissent by labeling all of Mr. Chávez's adversaries unpatriotic, treacherous, pro-yanqui plotters.
That's why whenever George W. Bush hints at a surge or a new twist in the U.S. war on terrorism - or for that matter, U.S. war on anything or anyone - many Venezuelans cannot help shaking their heads in dismay.